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As Seen on TV
General
Season №: 3
Episode №: 47a
Airdate: March 8, 2002
Sister episode(s): "Can You Spare a Dime?"
Credits
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
C.H. Greenblatt
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Frank Weiss
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: "One Krabs Trash"
Next: "Can You Spare a Dime?"
List of episodes

"As Seen on TV" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, the Krusty Krab airs its first commercial and SpongeBob believes he has become famous off of it.

Characters

Synopsis

Mr. Krabs walks to work one morning to see the completion of the first ever Krusty Krab TV commercial, which is being directed by Squidward. However, upon seeing the expensive production values (which include putting a second Krusty Krab next to the original, among other things), he fires the cast and crew (except for the clown) and he decides to direct it himself, using himself, Squidward, Pearl and SpongeBob as the cast. SpongeBob is extremely excited to see himself on TV, and watches the commercial when it airs (in the extremely cheap time slot of 3:28 A.M.). Despite the horrendous production values and quality of the commercial, and SpongeBob's
As seen on tv screenshot

SpongeBob talking to Old Man Jenkins

extremely small role in it, he proclaims it to be "the best 60 seconds of his life."

The next morning, while SpongeBob is walking to work, Old Man Jenkins sees him and tells him that he saw him on TV last night (on a commercial for "Bran Flakes", which come in a yellow box). This makes SpongeBob think that he is now famous, and at work he treats people as if they were his fans, and fails to perform his job properly. Eventually, he quits his job to become an entertainer, and is confronted by the angry and hungry customers, who he thinks want him to entertain them. He begins to juggle food items, and accidentally slips and falls to the ground. Just as he thinks that his career is over, a patty drops on the grill, which pleases the customers. SpongeBob notices this, and continues to make Krabby Patties like normal, believing he is entertaining his customers.

Production

Deleted Scene

There was a scene when SpongeBob thinks "That's just what I need!" It was cut. Also, there was a scene where SpongeBob was cooking Krabby Patties. A fish took a picture, only for fun, and SpongeBob thought he was turning famous. And there was another scene, after SpongeBob saying: Squidward said I could help by burying myself. After that Mr. Krabs originally said: That better be your nose, boy. It was cut.

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Bad Tempi 1 - Masters of Trash [title card]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [opening]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs walking his pet worm]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What the...?"]
  Too Tired (a) - Hans Ehrlinger ["I told you to rent only what's absolutely necessary."]
  Ta-Ra C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [clown]
  Tonight Live C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Me? In the Krusty Krab commercial?"]
  So Tired - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Tonight?!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [3:28 AM]
  Bad Tempi 1 - Masters of Trash [Krusty Krab commercial]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [the next day]
  Screw on the Loose - Tony Lowry [bran flakes commercial]
  ? ["Wow, he recognized me!"]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob going to work]
  Fully Fashioned - George French ["Even the brightest of stars grow weary."]
  Gala Performance - Laurie Johnson ["His singing is phenomenal!"]
  Dialogue Blues (a) - Hans Ehrlinger [SpongeBob quits being a fry cook]
  Linked Romantic Movements - Sam Fonteyn ["Pipe down, Squidward!"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["On second thought, keep 'em waiting."]
  Striped Sweater - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob sings]
  Stand-Up Comic B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [rimshot]
  Of Love and Destiny - Leighton Lucas [SpongeBob slips in grease]
  Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [ending]

Reception

  • "As Seen on TV" was ranked #65 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.

Release

Trivia

Timeline
  • 3:28 am: SpongeBob watches the Krusty Krab commercial.
  • After "Help Wanted"
Timecards
  • 3:28 AM


  • The German title of this episode is "Der Fernsehstar" (The TV Star).
  • This is the only time (outside of The Movie) where there are 2 Krusty Krabs next to each other.  However, the second Krusty Krab didn't have the number 2 on it unlike The Movie.
  • The Krusty Krab commercial Squidward was originally going to make seemed more like the production of a long commercial, more than 5 minutes long, or even a movie, because praphasing, he says  "...the useless junk for scene...28".
  • After the Bran Flakes commercial is seen, SpongeBob says "You did?" and when he said it, his wavy edges disappeared, but they came back in the next shot, possibly to emphasize his similarity to the Bran Flakes box.
  • A book named SpongeBob SuperStar was written after this episode.
  • This episode is also known as KKTV.
  • This is the third time Squidward ate a Krabby Patty. The first was in "Your Shoe's Untied" and the second was in "Just One Bite."
  • It's the first time The Krusty Krab aired a commercial but, In "Truth or Square," Mr. Krabs did one a long time ago.
  • SpongeBob is seen slicing a zucchini during the line "WE WANT ONIONS! CHEESE!", but this isn't a Krabby Patty ingredient, as seen in "Pickles."
  • The picture seen in the background in the scene where Old Man Jenkins is watching the commercial is the same one seen in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" where Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy play checkers. It was also seen in "Doing Time" when Fred is cleaning the hallway before and after the juice goes through.
  • SpongeBob's song "Striped Sweater" has become popular worldwide.

Cultural References

  • "Flounderman" is mentioned, an obvious parody of "David Letterman".
  • The Bran Flakes in this episode is a parody of Kellogg's cereal, Corn Flakes.

Errors

  • The crowd, in unison, ask for "Onions! Cheese!" but no cheese is shown being placed on the patties.
  • The number of patties on the grill near the end of the episode changes between different shots.
  • When SpongeBob said "Why sir, I'm flattered." and the next shot was to Nat Peterson, Nat's hand on the door was missing.
  • Near the beginning of this episode, Mr. Krabs says to Squidward "What in Neptune's name is going on here?", the captions say "the toons' name" instead of "Neptune's name."
  • At the end of the episode Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob his hat back. However, he should not be able to do this since Squidward is in the way.
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